Loving Vincent (2017)

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Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman direct Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn and Saoirse Ronan in this animated biographical mystery trying to retrace Vincent Van Gogh’s last year. 

The first fully oil painted animated film. Quite an admirable achievement. And that’s pretty much where the praise ends. A dull Citizen Kane retread with no real puzzle to solve. Most of the voice performances seem disconnected like ghosts from the slow moving images onscreen. It is probably the the first and last Saoirse Ronan flick I’d never try again. One bright point is Eleanor Tomlinson, who manages to make more of an impression than the bigger names in the cast. She is at least flirtily memorable as the innkeeper’s daughter.

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